Uses: Utility – traditionally breast meat. Eggs: 35 to 70 white eggs per year.
Origin: Germany / Poland.
Weight: Gander: 8.2 – 10.9 Kg. Goose: 7.3 – 9.1 Kg.
Colours: Ganders: White, a little grey. Geese: Light Grey.
Useful to Know: Must have a single lobed paunch.
Photo: A Pied Grey Pomeranian Gander.
Pomeranian Geese were traditionally bred to have a large amount of breast meat on them. They were used for delicacies like smoked goose breast in their native region of Pomerania in the Northern part of Germany, bordering with Poland. It is probable that the modern Pomeranian Goose does not have the same shape.
In Germany, Pomeranian Geese can be found in Grey, Pied Buff, Pied Grey, and White. The Pomeranian Goose has blue eyes and has been specifically bred to have a single-lobed paunch. Dual lobed birds are usually Grey Back Geese. Exhibiting them with a dual lobed paunch will usually result in a disqualification. Some strains of Pomeranian Goose are good layers and can lay up to 70 eggs in a season although most exhibition strains lay half of this amount.
Pomeranian Geese were standardised in 1982 in the UK. They are called L’Oie de Poméranie in France and Pommerngans in Germany. They entered the American Standard of Perfection in 1977 as Saddleback Pomeranian and are standardised in Gray and Buff.
The following books are available. Links take you to the Amazon or other sellers’ pages for the books.
- Domestic Geese – C. Ashton – P.52
- British Waterfowl Standards – P.26
- British Poultry Standards – P.368
- American Standard of Perfection – P.365
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